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Jul 7, 2011 08:45 PM

Taconic from Hudson to NYC

Anyone know of the best spots to eat along this route?

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  1. What time of day will you be leaving, and from which end (north or south)? The Taconic mostly runs through rather uninhabited areas, so the matter of when you're travelling where really does matter.

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    1. re: Elisa515

      We will be traveling late afternoon/early evening.
      I know of some good options on the west side of the Hudson but not the east.
      We will be driving east along rt. 23, over the bridge at Catskill, then down the Taconic to NYC.

        1. re: bob gaj

          Another Fork is on Rt. 199, maybe too close to Hudson for a dinner rest stop. But keep it in's very good and uses local ingredients. Ask for no added salt, though.

    2. If you can last until Northern Westchester, Mount Kisco has a ton of good choices-- over 25 restaurants in town!

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      1. re: menton1

        I did not think the Taconic went through Mount Kisco but true Northen Westchester would be Yorktown/Shrub Oak (rte 6 exit). I know there is an Abotts custard there and some restaurants as I have driven through there.

        1. re: rolise

          You are correct, the Taconic doesn't go through or even particularly near Mt. Kisco. Good advice about the Rte. 6 (might also be called Rte. 32?) exit.

          A little further south, I think just one exit southbound, is the exit called Peekskill Rte. 202. Going westbound, shortly on the left, there is a diner with unusually good food. Also on that stretch is Thyme, another place that various chowhounders have said good things about.

          1. re: Elisa515

            I have been to that diner and you are right it is good. It is a little past BJ shopping center where there is a subway. I had a project at Hudson valley hospital and used to go by there all the time but mostly had sandwiches at my meetings.

            1. re: Elisa515

              Do you mean the "New City" diner (I think that's what it's called). It's probably a mile or so from the Taconic (just so the OP doesn't think she/he missed it).

              1. re: DGresh

                Thanks, yes, that's the name. Lots of non-dinerish food too.

                I lose track of the distances on that stretch of road. Is Thyme before or after New City?

                1. re: Elisa515

                  Thyme is pretty close to the Taconic and BJs. New City is farther down the road. I too never can remember whether the bagel shop is closer to Peekskill than, say, Lexington. I always guess wrong when I'm cutting in from somewhere!

        2. In Lagrangeville on Route 55 just off the Taconiic is The Daily Planet diner. Cute, and acceptable food.

          Daily Planet
          1202 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540

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          1. re: otisman

            I agree with the Daily Planet diner although several items on the menu are actually better than acceptable and some are just okay ( kitschy astmosphere).. Easy on / off practically on top of the parkway... Also (don't laught) there is a gas station (shell I think) located right off the exit for 82 that has a surprisingly good independent deli inside housemade salads such as cole slaw, potato, macaroni, tuna...good fried chicken and curly fries, picnic tables outside... can make for an interesting potty break...Are you looking for a quick bite? Will you be eating in NYC?

            Daily Planet
            1202 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540

              1. re: rolise

                Correction it is a mobile station

          2. Exits from North to South:

            Salt Point Turnpike exit: If you're heading south on the Taconic on a Thursday or Friday evening, you might want to check out Wild Hive Bakery (

            Rt. 55W: Daily Planet is quite good. I like their Johnny Apple salad and their Mr. Wilson's Foccaccia...their sweet potato fries are also great. If you're going to be around Lagrangeville around 5-6, you can stop by Rae Rae's ( on the corner of Titusville and Rt. 55. Her food truck was recently covered in Hudson Valley magazine. She updates her daily specials on FB and Twitter. I really like her grilled chicken club wraps and fish tacos. Her truck is about five miles down Rt. 55 on the left side.

            Rt. 82: Flory's Deli (the Mobil gas station deli) is very good for a quick pit stop.

            Rt. 52: Aladdin's Cafe is in the Little Gym plaza. It's on the right side. Their chicken schwarmas are absolutely delicious. I also like their pastries and rice pudding. Peza, a modern Italian restaurant, is also there. I'm very picky about pizza and I think they're okay. They make specialty flatbread individual pies. You can also make a U-turn and head back up to Muscoot North on the Taconic. Their pizza is pretty good.

            Rt. 84 (towards Newburgh): If you don't mind going 15-20 minutes off course, Main Street in Fishkill has several offerings: Toro (Korean-Japanese), Il Barilotto (Italian), Pamela's Java Hut (call ahead for hours), Tanjore (Indian), Golden Buddha (Thai). That's pretty out of the way for you, but I just wanted to throw that out there in case you weren't in too much of a rush.

            Daily Planet
            1202 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY 12540

            Pamela's Java Hut
            1097 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524

            Toro Restaurant
            150 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524

            992 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524

            Golden Buddha
            985 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524

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            1. re: applesauce23

              Yes, Mount Kisco is about 12 minutes off the Echo Lake exit of the Taconic, routes 120/133. Big deal. A lot of restaurant choices, as I said above. And you can jump on the Saw Mill/Sprain (Taconic changes its name to Sprain) to continue on to the City...

              1. re: menton1

                There is no Echo Lake exit on the Taconic, and if you tell someone to look for a Route 120 exit they will never find it.

            2. Mt. Kisco is well off the Taconic and if you are going to drive there, then you can virtually go anywhere within a five-mile radius of the parkway. But... I think you want someplace closer to the road, so in addition to the previous replys (which were all very good) I'll throw in a few further South along the way.

              MIllwood/Route 133 (btw, it is not called Echo Lake and never was) - Make a right at the light off the exit and drive two lights to the Millwood shopping center. You will have access to Tazza coffee for sandwiches and pasteries. Right behind Tazza in another small shopping center is Spacarelli's, an Italian place that you can go to for dinner. Across the street from the shopping center is Rocky's deli, which has pretty decent deli stuff,as well as some hot plates.

              A few miles further South is the Pleasantville Road Exit - If you make a right, you'll go into Briarcliff Manor (less than a mile) , which has Amalfi's (Italian) and a sushi place (right next to Amalfi's) and a few other places (Paese and Orfino's) If you make a left off the exit and drive about two miles, you'll be in Pleasantville, which has a number dining establishments.

              Of course, the number of places to choose from will be goverened by how far you want to travel off the parkway.